Lost in the recent tragedies and in the debate about gun control is the reality that military bases within the United States have the strictest gun control of anywhere in the country.

    This sentiment was captured well in a letter written by a U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant who survived the recent shootings at Fort Hood that left three dead and dozens injured.

    “When the first shots rang out, my hand reached to my belt for something that wasn’t there,” writes 1st Lt. Patrick Cook, who was trapped in a room that the shooter, Spc. Ivan Lopez, tried to gain access to. Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson was killed keeping Lopez out of that room .

    Cook goes on: “Stripped of my God-given Right to arm myself, the only defensive posture I had left was to lie prostrate on the ground, and wait to die.”

    No one is allowed to have a concealed carry permit on a military installation, the military doesn't even issue them. Weapons must be registered on base and either kept in the home or stored in the base armory. Generally, service members who live in military barracks are not allowed to keep weapons in their room at all.

    The rules are guided by a 1993 Pentagon regulation that dictates that weapons on military bases are only allowed to be carried for official purposes like law enforcement or sentry duty, prohibiting “the carrying of non-Government owned or issued weapons or ammunition.”

    But banning the right of Americans to concealed carry has been deemed unconstitutional. Late last year, the 7th Circuit Court of appeals struck down a ban on concealed carrying in Illinois.

    Judge Richard Posner wrote in the court’s majority opinion that “The theoretical and empirical evidence (which overall is inconclusive) is consistent with concluding that a right to carry firearms in public may promote self-defense.”

    The discourse about joining the military often carries the sentiment that in doing so, service members sign away their constitutional rights. This isn't true. The Uniformed Code of Military Justice is absolutely bound by the confines of the constitution, and in certain cases, service members have successfully challenged the constitutionality of their treatment in federal court .

    In his first statement to the public after the most recent shooting at Fort Hood, the commander there, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, dismissed questions about whether troops should carry guns on base .

    “We shouldn't have concealed weapons on base,” he said. “We have law enforcement agents, with trained professionals, and I don't want to endorse carrying concealed weapons base.”

    But there are also police in the civilian world, and the existence of law enforcement has never served as a viable argument to limit the right of Americans to keep and bear arms in the civilian sector.

    So why does it in the military, where virtually everyone has training in using a firearm, knowledge of the principles of weapons safety, and many have practical experience in combat that outpaces most civilian law enforcement?

    With last week’s shooting at Fort Hood, perhaps it’s time for the Pentagon to reconsider this stance.

    As Cook writes: “At the point blank range at which this shooting occurred, anyone with an M9 and some basic instruction could have ended the mayhem as quickly as it began.”

    Can soldiers bring home weapons?
    Shipping weapons as personal property is an offense punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, he said. War trophies, defined as enemy weapons, ammunition, explosives or items of equipment, are non-mailable. more
    How much does it cost to bring a soldier home?
    According to RAND estimates, the new military construction to host these units and their families would easily cost $8 to $10 billion. more
    What things bring positive energy in home?
    That said, here are ten easy ways to bring more positive energy into the home:
    • Focus on Natural Sunlight. For such a simple tip, this one really packs a punch.
    • De-Clutter.
    • Incorporate House Plants or Flowers.
    • Open Windows.
    • Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint.
    • Hang Artwork.
    • Invite Nature In.
    • Add some Color.
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    What home improvements bring the most value?
    The 6 Most Valuable Home Improvements
    • Upscale garage door replacement.
    • Manufactured stone veneer on exterior.
    • Wood deck addition.
    • The kitchen (within reason)
    • Siding and vinyl window replacements.
    • Bathroom remodel.
    more
    How much do doctors actually bring home?
    On average, these doctors see two patients every hour while spending 23 percent of their time on paperwork. They work an average of 54 hours per week, take home about $185,000 annually, and a fifth have seen a decrease in pay. more
    How often can a soldier call home?
    Army recruits are allowed to call every 3 weeks when they phase up, and then every weekend once they complete Basic and begin AIT. The Marine Corps doesn't allow any calls home (besides the initial arrival call) until after the Crucible, which is the final week of training. more
    Can you bring Cuban money home?
    Yes it is illegal but probability of detection/confiscation is close to zero. Most of us who travel there regularly take home enough to avoid need to withdraw money on arrival. more
    What can I bring home from Israel?
    Here are the best souvenirs from Israel.
    • Israeli Wine. There are hundreds of wineries found throughout Israel, some large-scale operations and some small boutique brands.
    • Olive Oil Souvenirs From Israel.
    • Judaica Souvenirs.
    • Diamonds From Israel.
    • Uniquely Designed Jewelry.
    • Olivewood Carvings.
    • Israeli Dates.
    • Israeli Ceramics.
    more
    What can I bring home from Cuba?
    The Best Souvenirs from Cuba for Americans to Bring Home
    • Cuban Cigars– the Ultimate Souvenir. Official Cuban Cigars from Government Run Stores.
    • Cuban Cigar Humidor.
    • Cuban Rum.
    • Anything Made by Cuban Artisans at Piscolabis.
    • Made in Cuba Perfume: Habana 1791.
    • Cuban Art.
    • Cuban Chocolate (Maybe)
    • Cuban Straw Hat.
    more
    What can I bring home from Canada?
    Many prepared foods that are unopened and commercially labeled are admissible (excluding meats and meat products). You may bring bakery items and most cheeses into the United States. As a general rule, condiments, vinegars, oils, packaged spices, honey, maple syrup, coffee, fish, tea, and baby formula are admissible. more
    Can a soldier come home for birth?
    Military family emergency leave is absolutely available for family emergencies. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense does not consider giving birth to be an emergency unless your life or the life of the baby is suddenly in danger. more

    Source: taskandpurpose.com

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